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Politics and Prose (sometimes stylized as Politics & Prose or abbreviated as P&P) is an independent bookstore located in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C., on Connecticut Avenue. The store was founded in 1984 by co-owners Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, who expanded the store fivefold to its present size. After a failed sale attempt in 2005, the two co-owners eventually sold the store to current owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine in 2011. Politics and Prose is known for its knowledgeable staff and is seen as a part of DC culture. Its author events attract famous speakers, such as Bill Clinton and J.K. Rowling, and have a reputation for their astute audiences.

The store is famous for its author events, in which writers usually read an excerpt from their book and take questions from the audience. The Washington Post notes that as the talks gained prominence and the store grew more popular, Cohen and Meade, the original co-owners, "became known as literary tastemakers". C-SPAN broadcasts around five of the talks a month, and the store has gained a reputation for having astute and smart audiences present at readings Famous readers at its author events have included politicians such as Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and former Senator Edward Brooke, authors J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, and Amy Chua, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and investigative reporter David Halberstam.

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Oct 14, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Robert Kagan discusses his book, The Jungle Grows Back, at Politics and Prose on 10/14/18. Kagan’s concise essay makes a powerful case for why America should remain an interventionist nation and resist the current tendency to withdraw into isolationism. Using examples from throughout the twentieth century, including his own experience in the State Department in the 1980s, Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for  The Washington Post , argues that we can’t take...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Robert Kagan
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Oct 13, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ramachandra Guha discusses his book, Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World, at Politics and Prose on 10/13/18 Guha launched his magisterial two-volume biography of Gandhi with Gandhi Before India, which chronicled the leader’s law apprenticeship in London, his unsuccessful early attempt to establish himself in Bombay, and his coming-of-age in South Africa, where he defended Indians and Muslims against discriminatory policies. The second installment picks up with Gandhi’s return to Bombay...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ramachandra Guha, Ghandhi
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Oct 6, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ben Bradlee Jr. discusses his book, The Forgotten, at Politics and Prose on 10/6/18. If many in the country still struggle to understand how Trump could win the presidency, Bradlee’s detailed report from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, provides some clear-sighted answers. A pivotal county in a swing state, Luzerne voted Democratic for decades. But as the region began to struggle economically, with jobs growing scarce and wages insufficient, people grew frustrated with the government’s failure...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ben Bradlee Jr, The Forgotten, Rick Klein
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Sep 15, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Editors Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and E. Gordon Gee discuss their book, Leading Colleges and Universities , at Politics and Prose on 9/15/18. From free speech and diversity to sexual harassment and fraternities, today’s institutions of higher learning face any number of urgent challenges. Co-edited with Gerald B. Kauvar and E. Gordon Gee, his follow-up to  Presidencies Derailed , a detailed look at why university presidencies fail, considers what we can learn from successful leaders of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, E. Gordon Gee, higher education, college
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Aug 15, 2018 Politics and Prose
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David Quammen discusses his book, The Tangled Tree, at Politics and Prose on 8/15/18. Darwin famously described evolution as an elegantly branching tree of life. But as scientists have pursued molecular phylogenetics—the process of "reading the deep history of life and the patterns of relatedness” from DNA sequences—they’ve found that nature is more complicated, that life’s branches cross and converge and tangle in previously unsuspected ways. Quammen, the author of more than a...
Topics: Politics and Prose, David Quammen, Biology
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Jul 31, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Michael Arceneaux discusses his memoir, I Can't Date Jesus , at Politics and Prose on 7/31/18. Bitingly funny and deeply incisive, Arceneaux’s essays chart the journey of a brave and outspoken Black man determined to claim his place in a society that seems to have no room for him. A writer and cultural commentator for venues including  The Guardian ,  New York Magazine , MSNBC, VH1, and NPR, Arceneaux offers his distinctive sharp takes on sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé, interwoven...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Michael Arceneaux, I Can't Date Jesus, Demetria L. Lucas
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Jul 28, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Glen David Gold discusses his memoir, I Will Be Complete, at Politics and Prose, on 7/28/18. Gold drew on the accomplished and idiosyncratic lives of a magician and an actor for his novels  Carter Beats the Devil  and  Sunnyside.  Now he tells the equally colorful, surprising, and heartbreaking story of his own life. It started on a high note: Gold was born in 1964 to wealthy southern Californians. But in short order his father left, his parents divorced, and, when he was twelve, his mother...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Glen David Gold
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Jul 28, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ibtihaj Muhammad discusses her book, Proud, at Politics and Prose on 7/28/18. From being the only African-American Muslim wearing a hijab in her hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey, to being the first veiled American woman to compete for the U.S. in the Olympics, Muhammad has always stood out, as much for her prodigious talent as for her courage and faith. Though she started fencing at the late age of thirteen, she quickly pushed beyond state and collegiate championships to become a five-time...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencing
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Jul 27, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Summer reading calls for mysteries, and P&P is pleased to present three exciting new thrillers by women writers. Join us for a reading and discussion, moderated by Rea Frey, the author of several nonfiction books whose first novel,  Not Her Daughter,  is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Griffin in August.             Michele Campbell , a lawyer and former New York City federal prosecutor, explored the twists and turns of friendship in her ingeniously plotted  It’s Always the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Michele Campbell, Kelli Clare, Susie Orman Schnall
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Jul 23, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Onnesha Roychoudhuri discusses her book, The Marginalized Margin, at Politics and Prose on 7/23/18. In her dynamic and inspiring primer on resistance, Roychoudhuri speaks from both sharp journalistic engagement and the experiences of an Occupy activist and co-founder of Speech/Act to expose the myths of the old majority and mobilize the new one. In the face of today’s plurality of identities, Roychoudhuri shows, privileged whites are clearly the minority. Using examples from the civil rights...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Onnesha Roychoudhuri, The Marginalized Majority, Adele M. Stan
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Jul 20, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Cara Black discusses her novel, Murder on the Left Bank, at Politics and Prose at Union Market on 7/20/18. Black has been a confirmed Francophile since high school and is now a member of the Paris  Société Historique  in the Marais and the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Aimée Leduc.  The eighteenth Leduc novel finds the no-nonsense private investigator facing a case that may tell her more than she can bear to know. She’s hired to find a notebook full of incriminating...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Cara Black, Murder on the Left Bank
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Jul 17, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Megan Abbott discusses her book, Give Me Your Hand, at Politics and Prose on 7/17/18. Abbott’s  You Will Know Me  appeared on many of 2016’s Best Of lists, and now the Edgar Award-winning writer follows it with a taut psychological thriller that explores the nexus of friendship and competition, passion and science. The story follows Kit Owens and Diane Fleming, who bond in a high school chemistry class. Brilliant, but always slightly off, Diane inspires Kit to pursue a scientific career,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Megan Abbot, Give Me Your Hand
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Jul 16, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Terrance Hayes discusses his book, American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin , at Politics and Prose on 7/16/18. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these charged sonnets mark “the umpteenth slump / In our humming democracy, a bumble bureaucracy.” Angry, sarcastic, and playful, Hayes explores, reinterprets, and riffs on the meanings of “American,” “assassin,” and “future.” Notable Americans he turns to include James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin, poetry
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Jul 15, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Paul French discusses his book, City of Devils, at Politics and Prose on 7/15/18 1930s Shanghai was less the “Paris of the Orient” than it was a shadowy badlands. It attracted outlaws from all over the world, including Jack Riley, an ex-U.S. Navy boxer and prison escapee who became “Lucky” Jack, king of the slot machines, and Joe Farren, a Jew who fled Vienna’s ghetto and recreated himself as “Dapper” Joe, a dancehall impresario. Writing with journalistic precision and novelistic...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Paul French, City of Devils, Shanghai, True Crime
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Jul 15, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ruby Lal discusses her book, Empress, at Politics and Prose, on 7/15/18. Perhaps the most powerful woman in Muslim history, Nur Jahan (1577-1645), was the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal emperor. A strong, fearless, and smart woman who was a noted hunter, accomplished architect, and canny diplomat, Nur Jahan didn’t just support her husband, but actively ruled along with him and even acted for him when he was indisposed. Many historians believe she was more decisive than her...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ruby Lal, Empress, Nur Jahan
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Jul 15, 2018 Politics and Prose
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James Crabtree discusses his book, The Billionaire Raj, at Politics and Prose on 7/15/18. Today India’s economy is expanding faster than China’s, but the bulk of the new wealth—some 60% of it—has gone to just 1% of the population. In this eye-opening look at India’s radically unequal society and what it could mean for the country’s future, Crabtree, former Mumbai bureau chief for the  Financial Times,  shows us the lives of the “Bollygarchs,” whose wealth, conspicuous...
Topics: Politics and Prose, James Crabtree, India
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Jul 14, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Paul Greenberg discusses his book, The Omega Principle , at Politics and Prose on 7/14/18. Found in fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to reduce risk factors for heart disease as well as to sharpen cognitive abilities. But this miracle for human health and longevity is a looming disaster for marine life. In his comprehensive history of the science, business, and environmental impact of our growing exploitation of this compound, Greenberg, James Beard-Award winning author of  Four...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Paul Greenberg, The Omega Principle
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Jul 14, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Keith Law discusses his book, "Smart Baseball", at Politics and Prose on 7/14/18. In this thorough and accessible primer on sabermetrics, Law, a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN's  Baseball Tonight,  uses a winning combination of anecdotes, logic, clear explanations, and examples from games throughout the sport’s history to expose the flaws in the old orthodoxies that have hindered America’s pastime for too long. Replacing the inefficient save...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Keith Law, Jay Jaffee, baseball
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Jul 13, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Beck Dorey-Stein discusses her book, From the Corner of the  Oval , at Politics and Prose on 7/13/18. A self-described political outsider, Dorey-Stein came to the Obama White House via Wesleyan, teaching high school English in Hightstown, New Jersey, and Craigslist. She worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, and her memoir engagingly captures her many trips with the presidential entourage, recorder mics in hand. Dorey-Stein also introduces her colleagues, among them the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Beck Dorey-Stein, From the Corner of the Oval
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Jul 11, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Dan Kaufman discusses his book, The Fall of Wisconsin, at Politics and Prose on 7/11/18. Originally from Wisconsin, Kaufman has covered the state’s dramatic political transformation for years, notably in a 2015 cover story for the  New York Times   Magazine . For more than a century Wisconsin had been a bastion of progressivism, a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and home of the Wisconsin Idea, which promoted expertise for the public good. Then in 2010, Republicans, led...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Dan Kaufman, Seymour Hersh, Wisconsin, Scott Walker
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Jul 10, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Caitlin Moran discusses her book, How To Be Famous , at Politics and Prose at the Wharf on 7/10/18. Moran was named Columnist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work in the  Times  of London. As she proved with  How to Build a Girl, she’s equally skilled as a novelist. Her second work of fiction follows  Johanna Morrigan, aka Dolly Wilde, already a successful music writer at age eighteen. But John, her best friend and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Caitlin Moran, How To Be Famous
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Jul 10, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Jeff Biggers discusses his book, Resistance , at Politics and Prose on 7/10/18. As Biggers shows in this people’s history of social justice activism in America, the nation was founded on resistance. Using Thomas Paine’s rousing  Common Sense  as his model and point of departure, Biggers chronicles centuries of freedom movements from the Revolution to the defeat of fascism during World War II, from early Native American and immigrant struggles to the Abolitionists and women’s suffrage...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jeff Biggers
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Jul 9, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Martha Nussbaum discusses her book, The Monarchy of Fear , at Politics and Prose on 7/9/18. One of the country’s leading moral philosophers, Nussbaum cuts through the acrimony of today’s political landscape to analyze the Trump era through one simple truth: that the political is always emotional. Starting there, she shows how globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness that have in turn fed resentment and blame. These have erupted into hostility against immigrants, women, Muslims,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Martha Nussbaum, The Monarchy of Fear
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Jul 8, 2018 Politics and Prose
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1968 was the culmination and the defining point of the 1960s. That year, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, the Tet offensive was changing the course of the Vietnam War, and demonstrations disrupted the Democratic National convention—all to a soundtrack of the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, and Dylan. Kaiser, a journalist and principal contributor to the documentary  1968: The Year That Changed America , wrote this comprehensive chronicle in 1998, drawing on...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Charles Kaiser, Clara Bingham, 1960s, 60s, American history
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Jul 7, 2018 Politics and Prose
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P&P is excited to continue the popular Romance Panel series with a theme Washingtonians are sure to love—politics! Join three talented local writers as they track affairs of the heart among Capitol Hill staffers, media figures, and assorted speechwriters, consultants, and bloggers. The discussion will be moderated by Andie J. Christopher, best-selling romance author, most recently of  Before Daylight . In  Campaign Widows  (Graydon House, $15.99), Aimee Agresti, a widely-published...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Aimee Agresti, Tracey Livesay, Kelly Maher
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Jul 7, 2018 Politics and Prose
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John Fea discusses his book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,  at Politics and Prose on 7/7/18. As a historian and an evangelical Christian, Fea is uniquely suited to explain why some 80% of white evangelicals are Trump followers. His illuminating study argues that religion and politics have long influenced each other in this country, and he traces the rise of Trump as the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, John Fea, evangelical, Donald Trump
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Jul 7, 2018 Politics and Prose
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James Robenalt discusses his book, Ballots and Bullets, at Politics and Prose on 7/7/18.  Robenalt’s account of racial violence in Cleveland could be taken from today’s headlines, but the incident he reports happened on July 23, 1968. In a clash between black nationalists and police, six people were killed and at least fifteen injured. The shootings led to heavy rioting, but what exactly set them off is still unclear. Recreating the days in question, Robenalt, a Cleveland-based trial...
Topics: Politics and Prose, James Robenalt, Ballots and Bullets, Cleveland
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Jul 6, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki discuss their book, We Are The Clash , at Politics and Prose on 7/6/18. The Clash was more than a typical rock band, and this comprehensive history of the group is more than a typical rock bio. Formed in London in 1976, the Clash contributed to the punk, post-punk, and new wave movements, which included pioneering the music’s radical politics. Andersen, co-author of the classic  Dance of Days, and Heibutzki, author of Unfinished Business, draw on interviews...
Topics: Politics and Prose, The Clash, Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki
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Jul 5, 2018 Politics and Prose
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John F. Ross discusses his book, "The Promise of the Grand Canyon", at Politics and Prose on 7/5/18. John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is best known for leading the first successful expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But that momentous feat was not the end of Powell’s career. Ross, former editor of  American Heritage  and award-winning author of  Enduring Courage  and  War on the Run,  vividly recreates Powell’s historic trip, then charts the wider...
Topics: Politics and Prose, John F. Ross, John Wesley Powell, Grand Canyon
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Jul 2, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Patrick Kabanda discusses his book, The Creative Wealth of Nations, at Politics and Prose at the Wharf on 6/2/18. For Kabanda, growing up in straitened circumstances in Uganda, music was first a refuge, then a passion, and then became the seed of a groundbreaking social vision. Entranced by the organ at Kampala’s Namirembe Cathedral, Kabanda joined the choir and learned to play the piano. Later, as a Juilliard-trained musician, he performed worldwide and, observing how music can uplift and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Patrick Kabanda
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Jul 2, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Stephanie Feldman, Nathaniel Popkin, Malka Older, and Diana McKinney-Whetstone discuss their book, Who Will Speak For America?", at Politics and Prose on 7/2/18. With a title recalling Barbara Jordan’s question in the wake of the nation’s post-Watergate crisis, this anthology, a product of the January 2017 Writers Resist events, features the poems, stories, essays, and cartoons of forty writers grappling with the meaning of America in the Trump era. Looking back to the founders’...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Who Will Speak for America, Stephanie Feldman, Nathaniel Popkin, Malka Older,...
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Jul 1, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Nell Painter discusses her book, Old in Art School , at Politics and Prose on 7/1/18. In her acclaimed  The   History of White People , Painter explored the myriad ramifications of the socio-political construction of race. In her new book she turns from history to memoir to give a similarly insightful and thought-provoking look at gender, aging, and art. This engaging narrative begins with Painter retiring from Princeton and earning BFA and MFA degrees in painting. The oldest in her classes,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Nell Painter
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Jul 1, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Richard O. Prum discusses his book, "The Evolution of Beauty", at Politics and Prose on 7/1/18. If survival of the fittest explains everything, what about traits so colorful, so flamboyant, so outrageous, that they could serve no purpose beyond ornament, calling attention to themselves and possibly even endangering their holders? Reviving Darwin’s tenuous theory of sexual selection, Prum, a Yale ornithologist and head curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum, caused...
Topics: Richard O. Prum, Richard Prum, The Evolution of Beauty, darwin, biology, Politics and Prose
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Jul 1, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Elaine S. Povich discusses her book, John McCain: American Maverick , at Politics and Prose on 7/1/18. John McCain, senior senator from Arizona since 1987, is one of the country’s most distinguished elder statesmen, admired by people from both parties for his moral integrity, his lifelong dedication to serving his country, and his courage. Combining biography and more than one hundred photos, excerpts from McCain’s speeches, and memorable quotations, this volume pays tribute to all aspects...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Elaine S. Povich, John McCain
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Jun 30, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Victoria Johnson discusses her book, American Eden, at Politics and Prose, on 6/30/18. If Dr. David Hosack (1769-1835) is remembered today, it’s likely because he was Alexander Hamilton’s physician. While he couldn’t save his patient after the fatal duel, Hosack left a lasting legacy as a social visionary and as one of the nation’s first environmentalists. Drawing on a wide range of historical and scientific sources, Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Victoria Johnson, David Hosack
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Jun 30, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Maria Leonard Olsen discusses her book "50 After 50: Reframing The Next Chapter Of Your Life", at Politics and Prose on 6/30/18. Olsen is an attorney, a cohost of WPFW’s "Inside Out," a women’s writing and empowerment-retreat leader, a public speaker, and a woman who turned fifty expecting to find life less satisfying. But while her children didn’t need her as acutely and many of her other relationships had also changed, by setting out to accomplish fifty specific...
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Jun 30, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Victoria Johnson discusses her book, American Eden, at Politics and Prose on 6/30/18. If Dr. David Hosack (1769-1835) is remembered today, it’s likely because he was Alexander Hamilton’s physician. While he couldn’t save his patient after the fatal duel, Hosack left a lasting legacy as a social visionary and as one of the nation’s first environmentalists. Drawing on a wide range of historical and scientific sources, Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Victoria Johnson, David Hosack
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Jun 29, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Alissa Quart discusses her book, Squeezed, at Politics and Prose on 6/29/18. Quart’s eye-opening report on the middle-class is a troubling portrait of families sinking under the financial weight of raising children. Drawing on her years covering the challenges working parents face, Quart tells stories of people struggling to negotiate the unstable job market, high childcare costs,  limited parental leave, and the disillusioning realization that they can’t achieve the standard of living...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Alissa Quart, Barbara Ehrenreich
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Jun 28, 2018 Politics and Prose
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David E. Sanger discusses his book, The Perfect Weapon , at Politics and Prose on 6/28/18. Seven years ago, cyberwarfare wasn’t even on the National Intelligence Agency’s radar. Now, it’s listed as the number one threat to American national security. In this deeply researched study, Sanger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chief Washington correspondent for  The   New York Times , details the history, threat, and possible futures of a weapon even more dangerous than nuclear arms. As the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, David E. Sanger, Robert Litwak, The Perfect Weapon
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Jun 27, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Sabaa Tahir discusses her novel,  A Reaper at the Gates , at Politics and Prose on 6/27/18. War is coming. As Emperor Marcus grows more violent and unstable, his commandant Keris is seizing the opportunity to recklessly grow her power. Helene, Laia, and Elias are focused on overcoming looming threats, each one more dangerous than the last. Told from three distinct points of view, Tahir weaves an epic tale of each character's battle against dark forces that threaten them. This much-anticipated...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Sabaa Tahir
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Jun 25, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Evgenia Citkowitz discusses her book, The Shades , at Politics and Prose on 6/25/18. Citkowitz follows  Ether , her accomplished debut novella and stories, with a haunting portrait of grief and the unraveling of a marriage. The narrative follows Catherine and Michael Hall, now living apart a year after the death of their sixteen-year-old-daughter. While Michael has tried to resume his London life, Catherine, who ran a gallery, has grown reclusive, retreating to an old country house in Kent,...
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Jun 24, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Jeffrey Paine discusses his book, Enlightenment Town , at Politics and Prose on 6/24/18. Crestone, Colorado, started as a small mining and ranching town after the Civil War. By 2010 it boasted a population of about 127, but was steadily becoming an internationally recognized hub of spirituality. It’s now home to more than two dozen different faiths, including Christian and Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations. In this lively report on his pilgrimage to Crestone, Paine, who has written about...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jeffrey Paine, Crestone Colorado
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Jun 24, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Andrew Selee discusses his book, Vanishing Frontiers , at Politics and Prose on 6/24/18. Selee’s deeply reported book about the last quarter-century of Mexico-U.S. relations counters the myths of Mexico as a place overrun with drug lords and violence to show us a country that has more in common with the U.S. than ever before. Some 40% of the manufactured goods that cross the border have been assembled by joint Mexican and American firms, for instance, and more than a tenth of Americans trace...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Andrew Selee
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Jun 24, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Heather Abel discusses her novel, The Optimistic Decade , and Lisa Ko discusses her novel, The Leavers , at Politics and Prose on 6/24/18. Abel’s accomplished debut novel centers on Llamalo, a beautiful wilderness area in the Colorado Rockies. Once home to Native Americans, then to ranchers, by the late 1980s it’s a utopian camp run by the charismatic Caleb Silver, whose mission is to teach people how to live authentically and simply. His task is complicated by Llamalo’s former owners,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Heather Abel, Lisa Ko
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Jun 24, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Tommy Orange discusses his novel, There There , at Politics and Prose at the Wharf on 6/25/18. Orange’s eagerly anticipated debut novel introduces both a powerfully original literary voice and tells a story that’s long been overshadowed, distorted, and outright erased.  An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange explores the complicated reality of urban Native Americans through the lives of twelve different characters of different ages, genders, and Native heritages. In...
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Jun 23, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ed Husain discusses his book, The House of Islam, at Politics and Prose on 6/23/18. A former Islamic radical and co-founder of the Quiliam Foundation, Britain’s first counter-extremism think tank, Husain is acutely aware of how much depends on better understanding between Islam and the West. His book is a detailed primer on Islamic history, the tenets of Islamic belief, and the events and issues that have fueled misunderstandings in recent years, from the legacy of the U.S. overthrow of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Ed Husain, Islam
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Jun 23, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Lillian Li discusses her novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant , at Politics and Prose on 6/23/18. When a calamity suddenly halts the usual flow of daily events at the family-run Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, the owner, his family, and the staff are forced to pause and assess what they’ve done and where they go from here. For Jimmy Han, this may be the chance to open his own upscale establishment. For his brother, it might be the time to heal a festering generational rift with his...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant
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Jun 22, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Zachary R. Wood discusses his book, Uncensored, at Politics and Prose, on 6/22/18. Wood came to national attention as president of Uncomfortable Learning, the Williams College student group dedicated to free speech. While the group has come under fire for inviting controversial speakers, Wood, class of 2018, is uncompromising in his view that all ideas should be openly debated. In this courageous, powerful memoir, he shares his own story for the first time, recounting his difficult upbringing...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Zachary Wood
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Jun 21, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Thomas Frank discusses his book, Rendezvous With Oblivion , at Politics and Prose on 6/21/18. If anyone can make sense of our polarized, divided, and increasingly frustrated nation, Frank can. One of the sharpest political commentators at work today, Frank, author of  Listen, Liberal  and the classic  What's the Matter with Kansas?,  has gathered a wide-ranging selection of his essays that begins to put the messiness that is Trump’s America into some kind of perspective. Energetic,...
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Jun 19, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Eliza Griswold discusses her book, Amity and Prosperity , at Politics and Prose on 6/19/2018. For the poor rural community of Amity, Pennsylvania, the money offered by energy companies who wanted the rights to the town’s abundant natural gas was a dream come true. Then, as animals began to die and people developed mysterious illnesses, the dream became a nightmare. In this eye-opening exposé of the social and environmental costs of fracking, Griswold, who won  the J. Anthony Lukas Prize...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Eliza Griswold, Amity and Prosperity, fracking
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Jun 18, 2018 Politics and Prose
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John K. Delaney discusses his book, The Right Answer , at Politics and Prose on 6/18/18. Delaney’s passionate call to action draws on his personal, entrepreneurial, and political experiences to echo the ideals articulated by JFK in his 1958 speech, which urged that we ”not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.” Currently serving his third term as U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 6 th  congressional district, Delaney—son of a union electrician and...
Topics: Politics and Prose, John K. Delaney
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Jun 18, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Kelly DiNardo discusses her book, Living the Sutras , at Politics and Prose on 6/18/18. Yoga is as much a spiritual practice as it is a physical one, and the core of the ancient philosophy is inscribed in the nearly 200 aphorisms that comprise the Yoga Sutras. Written some two thousand years ago by the guru Pantajali, these texts offer timeless wisdom on how to live an ethical and healthful life and how to cope with inevitable pain and loss. In this accessible, engaging handbook to the Sutras,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Kelly DiNardo, Yoga
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Jun 17, 2018 Politics and Prose
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The birthplace of Duke Ellington, D.C. has always had a thriving jazz scene, with world-class clubs, musicians, and promoters supported by institutions ranging from the Smithsonian and the Historical Society of Washington to local schools, churches, and informal associations. All this and more is celebrated in this vibrant collection of profiles, memories, poems, and photos. Edited by Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Ruble, authors of  Let This Voice be Heard  and  Washington's U Street,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jazz, Washington DC
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Jun 17, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Raised By Unicorns: Stories by People With LGBTQ+ Parents- ed. Frank Lowe Since the 1980s the number of children in the U.S. raised by queer-identified households has risen from a few thousand to some six million. While gay parenting has gotten increasing attention, little has been paid to the experiences of children of lesbian mothers and gay fathers. Aiming to represent “every situation possible,” Lowe, Twitter’s @GayAtHomeDad, put together this groundbreaking anthology of stories by...
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Jun 17, 2018 Politics and Prose
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The birthplace of Duke Ellington, D.C. has always had a thriving jazz scene, with world-class clubs, musicians, and promoters supported by institutions ranging from the Smithsonian and the Historical Society of Washington to local schools, churches, and informal associations. All this and more is celebrated in this vibrant collection of profiles, memories, poems, and photos. Edited by Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Ruble, authors of  Let This Voice be Heard  and  Washington's U Street, ...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Jazz, Washington DC
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Jun 16, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Oren Harman discusses his book, "Evolutions", at Politics and Prose on 6/16/18. Once, the mysteries of life and death were explained in elaborate tales of gods and supernatural creatures. Today we understand the world through complex technologies and data analysis, practices which can hide the fact that many of the ancient questions about fate and mortality are as open as they ever were. In this unique presentation of modern science, Harmon recasts what we know about cosmology,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Oren Harman, Evolutions
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Jun 16, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Eleanor Herman discusses her book, The Royal Art of Poison, at Politics and Prose on 6/16/18. In popular histories such as  Sex with Kings  and  Sex with the Queen,  Herman kept readers riveted with true stories of power, murder, and revenge. Now she adds poison to the mix, showing how dangerous it was to be part of court life in medieval Western Europe. Using royal archives as well as modern forensic research, Herman catalogs the deadly ingredients that could be slipped into food, drink,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Eleanor Herman
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Jun 16, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Debra Jo Immergut discusses her novel, The Captives , and Hannah Pittard discusses her novel, Visible Empire , at Politics and Prose on 6/16/18. Frank fell in love with Miranda in high school. When he encounters her again years later, his feelings are still fresh, while Miranda doesn’t remember him at all. The relationship is further complicated by the fact that the former schoolmates meet in a state prison where Miranda is serving a sentence for a shocking crime and Frank is working as the...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Debra Jo Immergut, Hannah Pittard
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Jun 14, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Martin Walker discusses his book, A Taste For Vengeance, at Politics and Prose, on 6/14/18. Now going on its second decade, Walker’s popular Bruno, Chief of Police series features compelling mysteries, the natural beauty and culinary delights of the Dordogne region, and one of the most charming detectives in contemporary fiction. Bruno’s latest case involves a missing British tourist. By the time he finds her, she’s dead—and so is her companion, an Irishman with a background in...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Martin Walker
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Jun 14, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Dan Abrams discusses his book, Lincoln's Last Trial, at Politics and Prose on 6/14/18. Before taking up politics full time, Lincoln practiced law for two decades and was involved in more than three thousand cases. His last one, a murder, went to trial in Springfield, Illinois, in 1859. Followed nationally, it gave the presidential hopeful a chance to secure his image as strong and capable. For Lincoln personally, it posed several dilemmas. He represented the accused killer, the son of a friend...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Dan Abrams, Abraham Lincoln
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Jun 13, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Seymour M. Hersh discusses his book, Reporter: A Memoir , at Politics and Prose on 6/13/18. One of the country’s top investigative reporters, Hersh set the bar high with his 1970 Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé of the My Lai massacre. In his new memoir, he describes his pursuit of that story, as well as many others, including the downing of Korean Air Flight 007, the interrogation techniques at Abu Ghraib, and the killing of Osama bin Laden. These backstories are themselves fascinating inside...
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Jun 13, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Roxane Gay discusses her books, Hunger and Not That Bad , at a Politics and Prose event at Sixth and I on 6/13/18. Roxane Gay is one of our most important cultural critics. She is the author of two  New York Times  bestselling works of nonfiction,  Bad Feminist  and  Hunger , an intimate exploration of eating, weight, and trauma to be released in paperback in June. She's also written three works of fiction, including the nationally bestselling story collection  Difficult Women ,...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Roxane Gay, Linda Holmes
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Jun 13, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Robert W. Fieseler discusses his book, Tinderbox, at Live at Politics and Prose on 6/13/18. Until the shootings in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in 2016, the largest mass murder of gays in the U.S. occurred in the fire in the New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge on June 24, 1973. The blaze killed thirty-two people, but after a flurry of news reports, it was largely forgotten. As Fieseler shows in his meticulous recreation of the incident, the silence that followed it was part of a homophobic response...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Robert W. Fieseler
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Jun 12, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Allison Pearson discusses her book, How Hard Can It Be?, at Politics and Prose on 6/12/18. Even before Sarah Jessica Parker brought her to life on the screen, millions of women identified with Kate Reddy, the sharp, hard-working, and very funny protagonist of Pearson’s  I Don’t Know How She Does It,  who struggled to balance the demands of a high-profile job with the needs of her husband and two children—not to mention her own. This eagerly awaited sequel picks up Kate’s story as...
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Jun 12, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Yrsa Daley-Ward discusses her book, The Terrible , at Politics and Prose on 6/12/18. In her second book, Daley-Ward combines the haunting lyricism of  Bone  with passionate, unsparing prose to tell the story of her life. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Daley-Ward was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in Chorley, a small town in the North of England. Along with family tensions—a father she was often afraid of, a mother she saw worn down, and a brother...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Yrsa Daley-Ward, poetry, The Terrible
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Jun 11, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Lauren Groff discusses her book, Florida, at Politics and Prose on 6/11/18. Groff has been one of our most exciting contemporary fiction writers since her phenomenal 2008 debut,  The Monsters of Templeton.  Her most recent novel,  Fates and Furies , was a National Book Award finalist, Barack Obama’s favorite book of 2015, and one of the most talked-about novels in years. Now, Groff returns with a collection of eleven shimmering stories. The book opens with an unnamed woman escaping her...
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Maxine F. Singer discusses her book, Blossoms: And the Genes That Make Them , at Politics and Prose on 6/10/18. One of the first of the many lessons in this illuminating study of flowers is how little we understand about them. They’re synonymous with spring, but how do they know when to come up? Why are they so colorful, and what do the colors mean? Only in the last twenty years have scientists found answers to these questions, and Singer, a noted molecular biologist, brings us up to date in...
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Jun 10, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Michael Lally discusses his book, Another Way to Play, and Terence Winch discusses his book, The Known Universe, at Politics and Prose on 6/10/18. Spanning more than fifty years, Lally’s collected poems testify to a remarkable career that’s included some thirty volumes of poetry and prose, acting, music, and activism. Writing in the accessible and colloquial vein of Whitman, Williams Carlos Williams, and Frank O’Hara, Lally has eluded schools and conventions while embracing a variety of...
Topics: Politics and Prose, poetry, Michael Lally, Terence Winch
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Jun 10, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Laura Kumin discusses her book, The Hamilton Cookbook , at Politics and Prose on 6/10/18. We do not know a lot about what Hamilton actually ate,” Kumin admits. But we know a lot about what his contemporaries ate and we have first-hand descriptions of meals he attended. Filling in the gaps with wide-ranging historical, biographical, and culinary research, Kumin, a  Huffington Post  blogger and the creator of the food blog Mother Would Know, has assembled this collection of nearly two dozen...
Topics: Politics and Prose, Laura Kumin, Alexander Hamilton
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Jun 9, 2018 Politics and Prose
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A.M. Homes discusses her book, Days Awe, at Politics and Prose on 6/9/18. Imagine going out on your weekly shopping trip and being nominated for president by the other customers at the big box store. Or attending a conference on genocide(s), running into an old friend, and reconnecting over ancient traditions. With her signature humor, incisive satire, and compassion, Homes takes the unlikely details of modern life and turns them into compelling and insightful short stories. Bold and always...
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Jun 9, 2018 Politics and Prose
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John Reeves discusses his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee , at Politics and Prose on 6/9/18. Since leading the Confederate Army to defeat in 1865, Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) has been considered variously a traitor, a monster, an icon, and a model. Looking behind the fraught image, Reeves, an editor and writer at The Motley Fool, tells the little-known story of the general’s ignominious post-war career. Vilified by Northerners, Lee was indicted for treason in June 1865 by a Norfolk,...
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Jun 9, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Daniel De Visé discusses his book, The Comeback, at Politics and Prose on 6/9/18. Held in twenty-one day-long stages over twenty-three days, and covering some 3,500 kilometers—2,200 miles—the Tour de France is one of the most grueling athletic competitions around. To win it once is a dream, to do it twice, the stuff of legend. In 1986, Greg LeMond stunned the cycling world by becoming the first American to win the Tour. Nine months later he was seriously wounded in a hunting accident and...
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Jun 8, 2018 Politics and Prose
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James Wood discusses his book, Upstate , at Politics and Prose on 6/8/18. In his second foray into fiction, Wood,  The New Yorker ’s book critic since 2007, follows up his 2003  The Book against God  with a compelling family story that doubles as a novel of ideas. The family in question is the Querrys, natives of northern England. Split by a bitter divorce years ago, they’ve been divided by the Atlantic since Vanessa left her father and sister to teach philosophy in New York. When she...
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Jun 7, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Ken Auletta discusses his book, Frenemies, at Politics and Prose on 6/7/18. Auletta has covered the intersection of media and tech for  The   New Yorker  since the 1990s. His new book draws on his extensive experience and industry connections for an eye-opening look at the fraught state of traditional advertising and marketing in the digital era. A $2 trillion global industry, and crucial to the survival of old media, advertising is increasingly under attack by innovators who substitute data...
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Jun 6, 2018 Politics and Prose
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Jeff Weaver discusses his book, How Bernie Won , at Politics and Prose at the Wharf on 6/6/18. An early believer, Weaver started working for Bernie Sanders in 1986 and was his campaign manager in the 2016 presidential election. His book is an intimate and discerning inside-look at the 2016 primary season, showing how Sanders went against the current of modern politics by not only vowing to run a positive campaign, to focus on policies rather than personalities, and to eschew big money, but also...
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